History of the American Readers Theatre

The American Readers Theatre (ART) is a not for profit performing arts organization that promotes literacy through the art of Dance, Music, and Drama.

Founded by Jeffrey Stocker in 1992 at the National Arts Club in NYC with a premiere production of  the Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winning play “Night Mother” by Marsha Norman and read by Tony Award winning actress Kelly Bishop and Crista Moore.

Under the direction of Jeffrey Stocker ART has expanded companies in New York, Pennsylvania, and Oregon.

ART/NY has collaborated with prize winning playwrights Edward Albee and Christopher Durang.

ART/PA has been awarded grants from the National Endowment For The Arts/BIG READ, EITC from Wayne Bank and Dime Bank, Christopher D. Smither’s Foundation, and the Noel Coward Foundation.

ART/OR has collaborated with the Beaverton Arts Commission to produce readings at the Beaverton City Library.

ART/NY/PA has collaborated with Presby Players in Port Jervis, NY the oldest community theatre company in Orange County to produce a series of readings, musical revues, and full productions.

ART/Dance has collaborated with the Joffrey Ballet School, Magnus Midwest Dance, and the Portland Festival Ballet.